Todd Archer of ESPN writes that Cowboys free agent CB Byron Jones is likely to cash in big-time as a free agent in the coming weeks and whispers around the Combine indicated he could secure as much as $15-$17 million per year.
According to Archer, the Eagles, Raiders and Broncos were mentioned as potential landing spots for Jones. Although that was before the Broncos traded for CBA.J. Bouye last week.
Archer wonders whether allowing Jones to walk in free agency in order to retain WR Amari Cooper is the best move in the end for Dallas, given that it’s a deep receiver draft class and they would have a big hole at cornerback to address this offseason.
The Athletic’s Zach Berman points out that the Eagles tend to value familiarity in free agency to help lower the risk of a signing busting. For that reason, Buccaneers WR Breshad Perriman could make sense as a target, as Eagles VP of player personnel Andy Weidl was with the Ravens when they took Perriman in the first round.
Berman doesn’t see reserve offensive line as a huge priority for Philadelphia with Eagles OL Matt Pryor and Jordan Mailata set to step in to reserve roles on the interior and at tackle in 2020.
According to the Athletic’s Dan Duggan, the transition tag is still the most likely outcome for the Giants and DL Leonard Williams, as Williams has little incentive to accept an offer from the Giants unless they blow him away before unrestricted free agency.
The transition tag would be between $12.3 and $16.3 million — depending on if New York tries to tag Williams as a defensive tackle or defensive end — and would allow another team to sign Williams to an offer sheet. New York would have the right of first refusal, but would not receive a draft pick back if it lost Williams.
Giants TE Rhett Ellison‘s retirement creates $5 million in cap savings and $2.2 million in dead money, same as if he was cut. (Duggan)